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@MattyIce

Marietta, GA Raving since 2019 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 1 week, 4 days ago

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    I want to visit every state, drink at their breweries, and push my body. Running is a great enabler for all three.

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Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Hilton Head, SC Feb 8, 2020 3:54:12

Future Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Miami, FL Jan 29, 2023
Marathon Atlanta, GA Feb 26, 2023
Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 5, 2023
Marathon Nashville, TN Apr 22, 2023
Marathon Fargo, ND May 20, 2023
Marathon Jackson Hole, WY Sep 23, 2023
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 8, 2023
Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Oct 22, 2023

Past Races (12)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Biloxi, MS Dec 11, 2022 3:58:59
Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Aug 28, 2022 4:33:55
Marathon Rehoboth Beach, DE Dec 4, 2021 4:18:06
Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 6, 2021 3:59:38
Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 17, 2021 3:56:44
Marathon Boise, ID Sep 18, 2021 4:29:47
Marathon Louisville, KY Apr 24, 2021 4:08:57
Marathon Hilton Head, SC Feb 8, 2020 3:54:12
Marathon Huntsville, AL Dec 14, 2019 4:12:56
Marathon Minneapolis, MN Oct 5, 2019 4:17:43
Marathon Cincinnati, OH May 5, 2019 4:29:26
Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 10, 2018 5:06:32

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Traveled from out of town for the race. Expo was humble with packet & swag pick up in the parking area of a casino resort. Nice cotton t-shirt which I … MORE

Traveled from out of town for the race. Expo was humble with packet & swag pick up in the parking area of a casino resort. Nice cotton t-shirt which I will definitely add to the rotation.

Production was thorough: emailed us a race guide with key dates & times, very good instructions. Stayed at an Airbnb 0.3 mi from the finish and morning bus pickup. No issues whatsoever. Had 30 minutes to kill once arriving before the race began. As others have said, flat course the whole way. Was a cool cloudy morning that gradually turned into steady rain for my last ~8-9 miles. Despite 3 pit stops managed to keep it under 4 which I am very pleased with. Overall great race experience and highly recommend.

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As others have commented, small town race, small but organized expo and production. First time to the city and enjoyed sight seeing. I stayed near Sanford hospital which required an … MORE

As others have commented, small town race, small but organized expo and production. First time to the city and enjoyed sight seeing. I stayed near Sanford hospital which required an easy 2 miles to the start and a miserable 2 miles back home afterwards.

Course was a big loop starting downtown out to Falls Park and then through a very nice residential part of the city. Nearly the entire remaining 14 miles was along the riverside which, while nice at first, became hypnotizing as it went on and on. Preferred it to all residential, but was very happy to finally escape the river. My performance was poor due to lack of training and surprising heat / humidity. Not a glorious finish, but proud to have stuck it out.

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Loved running this-- has been on my radar for years. Was very hopeful it would go on this year. As others have commented the RD kept people updated on FB. … MORE

Loved running this– has been on my radar for years. Was very hopeful it would go on this year. As others have commented the RD kept people updated on FB. For many months there was not much to give updates on which I imagine was frustrating for some…I just checked once a month and put it out of mind.

Expo was modest, one complaint is they were all out of men’s medium and large shirts by the time I got there. Seemed a little absurd since those are probably most common shirt sizes. Coming in the mail– oh well. Wanted to wear it home like I usually do. $15 full lobster at Chesapeake and Maine across the street made it easier.

Race itself was really neat: race start at the bandstand/ beachhead and first 5 miles in & around the town, then up the boardwalk. Tremendous to see the sun come up over the ocean horizon. Very nice, easy trail run for much of it after that. My one complaint is the last ~4 miles were quite dull…you do a little forest/ farm out & back. Rural DE is pretty but I needed something more to keep me going. I did not stay for the party as I had a flight to catch, but the medal is great. High marks all around.

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Enjoyed a quick visit to Indianapolis for this race. Very chilly morning for me at 28 degrees but I wore a beanie and gloves which I shed during the race. … MORE

Enjoyed a quick visit to Indianapolis for this race. Very chilly morning for me at 28 degrees but I wore a beanie and gloves which I shed during the race. Hung with the 3:45 pacers for a while but was trying some new footwear and had lingering knee pain from a recent fall so did not manage to hang with them the whole time. Good race production but probably the ugliest race shirt I’ve ever seen. Not sure what they were thinking. Medal is great through– easily a 6 pounder.

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Ran the 2021, the 3rd time in 44(?) years the race did not cross into Canada. Weather was tremendous, high 40s and overcast. Very mild mostly flat course that took … MORE

Ran the 2021, the 3rd time in 44(?) years the race did not cross into Canada. Weather was tremendous, high 40s and overcast. Very mild mostly flat course that took you through some lovely residential areas and the downtown space. Lots of local turnout to support. Race expo was great, swag was very nice: long sleeve tech shirt, long face mask/ head bib and some other goodies. Production was very impressive, this is definitely a premium racing experience. Nearly PR’d if it weren’t for 3 inopportune pit stops– oh well.

Highly recommend.

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I live in Atlanta and was not prepared or even thinking about the elevation. I have to imagine that's what caused me to struggle. Around mile 18 I felt like … MORE

I live in Atlanta and was not prepared or even thinking about the elevation. I have to imagine that’s what caused me to struggle. Around mile 18 I felt like I could not drink enough water and would guzzle 2-4 cups per hydration station.

Overall the race was well managed if a little underwhelming– expo was basically non-existent this year and “after party” was modest as well. The marathon course basically looped the front 8 once you got to 18 which I didn’t mind as at least I knew I was closing in on the finish. The bus down to the start was a nice touch as I don’t know how the hell else I would have gotten down there.

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First time in Louisville and running the race. Deferred registration from 2020, first non-virtual marathon since last February. Overall I really enjoyed the race and the city. Event staff were … MORE

First time in Louisville and running the race. Deferred registration from 2020, first non-virtual marathon since last February.

Overall I really enjoyed the race and the city. Event staff were responsive over email which was helpful for me coming in from out of town. Same-day packet pickup was a breeze. Course was very well marked and self-serve water was available throughout the day. Really nice scenic trail on basically a levy on the Indiana side of the river.

Only complaint would be for a “Kentucky Derby” marathon I felt like it was Kentucky and Derby in name only. Maybe it was different in non-COVID years. Also kind of funny that only 10 of the 26.2 miles are in KY…rest is Jefferson/ New Albany IN.

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Hilton Head is near and dear to my heart. There are probably better races in SC to check the state off, but I vacation here a lot and was married … MORE

Hilton Head is near and dear to my heart. There are probably better races in SC to check the state off, but I vacation here a lot and was married on the beach in Palmetto Dunes.

It’s not a challenging race, very flat and a decent amount of water stations. The course is not thrilling as others have commented– a lot of highway and a bit of repeat over the same few bridges. I am not sure why they don’t block off some of the more iconic parts of the island, maybe too much of a hassle to redirect traffic. It’s worth saying February in HHI is some of the best weather for running I’ve ever enjoyed. Brisk in the morning and warms up to a comfortable temperature by noon. This was my 5th marathon and I easily PR’d at sub-4 hours, a huge accomplishment for me and hardly challenging at all with the elevation/ climate.

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Not a highly challenging run. Lots of aid stations with water and Gatorade at each one, GU was given 4-5 times. Not a lot of scenery until about halfway through … MORE

Not a highly challenging run. Lots of aid stations with water and Gatorade at each one, GU was given 4-5 times. Not a lot of scenery until about halfway through the marathon. The space center and gardens are cool, everything before and after is suburban.

Only complaint is at the halfway point of the marathon I guess they open the floodgates for the half marathon. I was baffled when I turned the corner and there were suddenly several hundred people around and in front of me. Pretty distracting, but It didn’t bother me that much.

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Lived up to its namesake at the most beautiful urban marathon. I really enjoyed running in and around the neighborhoods and lakes. Well structured course that lands you in St. … MORE

Lived up to its namesake at the most beautiful urban marathon. I really enjoyed running in and around the neighborhoods and lakes. Well structured course that lands you in St. Paul at the end.

Excellent community support and enthusiasm throughout. I did well for this one and just had a really nice time experiencing Minneapolis.

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My first ever marathon. I did horribly, but finished. Very scenic and well organized. Weather was lovely and cooperative. It was easy to get to the race and a lot … MORE

My first ever marathon. I did horribly, but finished. Very scenic and well organized. Weather was lovely and cooperative. It was easy to get to the race and a lot of work clearly went into the post-race activities and hospitality. Couldn’t have asked for a better introduction race for marathoning.

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